MaryAve.com is your most complete source of information on the City of Sunnyvale, CA,  proposed Mary Avenue Extension (MAE) (Bridge, Overpass, whatever), its Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and the litigation seeking to decertify the EIR.

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MAE -- The Project and EIR's in General Comments about the EIR Comments about the MAEP City Council Meeting 10/28/08 and start of Litigation
This web site has no affiliation with any Sunnyvale Neighborhood Association or with any other part of the government of the City of Sunnyvale.  It is produced and owned by Eleanor Hansen, Sunnyvale citizen activist and one of the plaintiff's in the litigation to de-certify the Mary Avenue Extension Project EIR.  

This web-site last undated 05/12/17

NEWS SOON TO BE PRESS RELEASE: WE WON!! WE FIRST W0N AT THE SUPERIOR COURT LEVEL AND THE CITY OF SUNNYVALE APPEALED. THE APPELLATE LEVEL DECISION WAS RELEASED FOR PUBLICATION ON DECEMBER 16, 2010. 

 

PRESS RELEASE 

Attorney Alexander T. Henson, a Stanford University trained lawyer, former deputy attorney general, and an experienced CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) litigator, filed a brief for the plaintiffs in the Mary Avenue Extension Project EIR challenge on October 5, 2009. In this suit, the plaintiffs, Dr. Bill Mathews, Eleanor Hansen, and Tammy Salans (as residents of Sunnyvale) and Gopal Patangay, as head of the Sunnyvale West Neighborhood Association, are suing the City of Sunnyvale to decertify the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for a proposed bridge at the north end of Mary Avenue (at Almanor).  This bridge to the Moffett Business Park would allegedly mitigate part of the traffic effects of the Moffett Towers. The main issues in the complaint are (1) the non-CEQA permitted use of General Plan 2020 build-out traffic numbers as a baseline [instead of current conditions] to compare the effects of building the bridge to, (2) the inadequate [not there at all] analysis of the effect of bridge lighting and traffic lights on aircraft landing and taking off from Moffett Federal Field, and (3) the failure of the EIR to assess various alternatives to the project to explain why alternatives were rejected in favor of the approved project [e.g., the EIR concludes that a four lane bridge has less environmental impact than a two lane bridge]. The city has approximately 60 days, to early October 2009, to respond. 

The most important recent development is the growing conviction among the plaintiffs,  based on data unearthed through public record request letters, that the Mary Avenue Extension is a giant piece of window-dressing. The FAA did in fact not give permission to build a bridge, only a statue or obelisk.  The City of Sunnyvale has spent approximately $285,000 in order to produce an EIR that could be the basis of a revised Land Use and Transportation Element that would allow unfettered traffic in the area bounded by Homestead, Grant Road, Highway 101 and Fair Oaks.